Neighborhood Food Act

The Sustainable Economies Law Center partnered with the Social Justice Learning Institute, Slow Food California and Ubuntu Green to pass AB 2561, the California Neighborhood Food Act in 2014. This law is supported by many other organizations and enterprises as well.

Click here for a more detailed FAQ about your new rights under this law.

If you sign the petition below, we can keep you updated on SELC's current urban agriculture advocacy that builds on our success with the Neighborhood Food Act and furthers our right to grow and sell food in our communities.


The California Neighborhood Food Act, signed into law in 2014, removes barriers to growing food for personal consumption. The law provides rights to grow food in certain circumstances. As a signatory to this petition, you can show your support for urban agriculture as a strategy to increase access to fresh food, promote food security for vulnerable Californians, and reduce environmental impacts of water-intensive lawns. We'll keep you updated on our other work to promote urban agriculture. Below are descriptions of the key provisions of the law:

Tenants' rights: 

The law requires that tenants of single family homes and duplexes have the right to grow produce in their backyard in portable containers as long as it does not create trip-and-fall risks or other hazards. It allows the landlord to place restrictions on the location and number of containers.

Homeowners' Association member rights: 

The law makes it illegal for a homeowners’ association contract to prohibit or unreasonably restrict the use of backyards of private (not shared) property for growing produce.

Click here for a more detailed FAQ about your new rights under this law.


Click here to download model Neighborhood Food Act legislation (note: this is NOT what was actually signed into law in California).

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  • David Skolnick
    signed 2014-03-26 23:44:33 -0700
  • Christian Coulon
    signed 2014-03-26 15:10:49 -0700
  • Zach Dodge
    signed 2014-03-25 23:12:10 -0700
  • Aaron Kroeger
    signed 2014-03-25 21:38:51 -0700
  • Ashley Ellis
    signed 2014-03-25 21:22:30 -0700
  • Wendy Krupnick
    signed 2014-03-25 15:15:34 -0700
  • Lee Johnson
    signed 2014-03-25 14:18:35 -0700
  • George Berven
    signed 2014-03-25 13:14:16 -0700
  • Jose Cortes
    signed 2014-03-25 12:55:23 -0700
  • Fatima Malik
    signed 2014-03-25 11:48:34 -0700
    This is needed in every community to ensure food security.
  • Eileen Thomas
    signed 2014-03-25 10:47:44 -0700
  • Maya Wolf
    signed 2014-03-25 10:43:44 -0700
  • Mathias Gibson
    signed 2014-03-25 10:22:07 -0700
  • Stephanie Francis
    signed 2014-03-25 09:29:43 -0700
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-03-25 09:10:50 -0700
    Sign the #CA Neighborhood Food Act petition! The NFA would remove legal barriers to #urban #agriculture.
  • Anonymous
    signed 2014-03-24 08:44:24 -0700
    I live in Silicon Valley, and its shocking that in one of the richest parts of the world, we have a virtual sea of people that go to bed hungry every night, while many others suffer from a variety of ailments that stem directly from their poor diets. Our food system is broken, and I believe this law can help fix it.
  • Ann Ceglia
    signed 2014-03-23 17:22:01 -0700
  • Cheryl Adam
    signed 2014-03-22 15:57:29 -0700
  • Krystal Price
    signed 2014-03-22 13:34:21 -0700
  • Joel Easton
    signed 2014-03-22 12:56:46 -0700
    In a country where Monsanto GMO products have completely tainted the food supply, and politicians accept lobbiest payoffs to weaken the term “organic” there is no place left to turn for wholesome food except one’s own backyard. GIVE US OUR FREEDOM TO GROW AND EAT OUR OWN WHOLESOME FOOD.
  • Ed Garrett
    signed 2014-03-22 09:29:10 -0700
    Certain hight restrictions do need to be maintained to maintain visibility on corners. However, the use of food producing plants cannot be an illegal landscape option. Enforcement of maintenance is not in conflict with proper management of food producing plants. Any state law does need to consider composting on site (limited to materials used on site) and restrict animal agriculture to a confined area in compliance with any hight ordnance (meaning a fenced front yard could be used, but cages set in an unfenced yard would not be an allowed use – secondary containment to minimize hazards to traffic, nuisance from cats, dogs, etc.)
  • Michael Kelly
    signed 2014-03-22 09:01:48 -0700
  • Thomas Herzog
    signed 2014-03-22 08:35:33 -0700
  • Lena Chervin
    signed 2014-03-21 22:43:55 -0700
  • Kate Schmidt
    signed 2014-03-21 22:19:17 -0700
  • Sheera Duerigen
    signed 2014-03-21 19:44:57 -0700
    This is very needed.
  • Jo Ann Gleason
    signed 2014-03-21 17:26:07 -0700
  • Yassi Eskandari-Qajar
    signed 2014-03-21 13:10:43 -0700
    My heroes
  • Francesca de la Rosa
    signed 2014-03-21 11:49:24 -0700
  • Janelle Orsi
    signed 2014-03-20 21:27:28 -0700

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